fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt \
fabricated; fabricating

Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

1a : invent, create
b : to make up for the purpose of deception accused of fabricating evidence
2 : construct, manufacture specifically : to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.

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Other Words from fabricate

fabricator \ ˈfa-​bri-​ˌkā-​tər \ noun

Examples of fabricate in a Sentence

Only the largest parts were fabricated at the factory. Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic materials. a story fabricated to sell magazines She was accused of fabricating data.
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Every fiber of in Redland Cotton sheets is grown and processed in an Alabama cotton gin built by founder Mark Yeager; the sheets are then sewn and fabricated at textile mills across the U.S. south. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 His ex-wife most likely had Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a condition where a caregiver fabricates health problems of their charges, with the intent to gain sympathy and attention. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "Gypsy Rose Blanchard: A Look Back at Her Surreal Childhood and the Mother She Murdered," 6 Nov. 2018 Moody paid a destitute young handicapped woman and paid her in small monthly installments to learn a fabricated story before Moody sought to overturn his 1972 conviction, according to the federal court summary. Kent Faulk, AL.com, "'Why my dad?' Judge recalls father's legacy as bomber's execution nears," 18 Apr. 2018 President Nicolás Maduro and his top aides deny the health-care system is in distress and charge that critics are fabricating horror stories to justify a foreign intervention. Luciana Magalhaes And Juan Forero, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Health Crisis Is Crossing the Border," 31 Oct. 2018 Today's comes courtesy of a fan on Twitter, who seems to have fabricated an entire, impressively detailed story about Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott breaking up. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Called Out a Fan Who Made Up a Story About Travis Scott on Instagram," 19 Aug. 2018 Their most notable project was fabricating an eight-foot-tall memorial statue of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. Josh Snider, Popular Mechanics, "The Everything Workshop," 4 Dec. 2018 Under the Living Room’s sharp peaks and angles, visitors will be able to rest on a series of wood benches designed by Johnston Marklee and fabricated by Jeff Jamieson of Wood & Plywood Furniture in San Luis Obispo. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 Prosecutors have said that Ms. Salman made financial arrangements with Mr. Mateen in advance of the attack and fabricated a cover story for her husband hours before the shooting. Patricia Mazzei And Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Widow of Pulse Nightclub Killer Goes on Trial, a Challenge for Prosecutors," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fabricate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabricate

Middle English fabricaten, borrowed from Latin fabricātus, past participle of fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct," derivative of fabrica "process of making something, craft, art" — more at fabric

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English Language Learners Definition of fabricate

: to make or build (something)

: to create or make up (something, such as a story) in order to trick people


fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-brə-ˌkāt \
fabricated; fabricating

Legal Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

: to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive

intransitive verb

: to make something up with an intent to deceive there was a motive to fabricate— Gary Taylor

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